Integrating Human Rights in Financing for Development (September 2008)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Sep 13, 2008

By Center of Concern
This workshop, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in conjunction with the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Network (ESCR-Net) and the Center of Concern (CoC), is held against the backdrop of this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) and the 15th Anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna. At this conference, governments recognized and affirmed that “all human rights derive from the dignity and worth inherent in the human person, and that the human person is the central subject of human rights and fundamental freedoms…”, and noted that “the promotion and protection of human rights is a matter of priority for the international community”. The conference also reaffirmed “the right to development as established in the Declaration on the Right to Development, as a universal and inalienable right and an integral part of fundamental human rights.” In turn, the Doha Financing for Development Review Conference will be held at the end of the year and constitutes a follow-up to the Financing for Development Conference, held in Monterrey in 2002.   

The comprehensive Doha Review Conference, which addresses each source of financing for development, as well as their interrelationship, offers an opportunity to explore how a human rights perspective can enhance and be advanced through the realization of FFD commitments in respective sources of financing.   

The workshop will contribute to the formulation of concrete recommendations to operationalize human rights commitments, the right to development, and the relationship between human rights and development into the objectives of Financing for Development Review Conference and its follow-up process. It will also allow OHCHR to contribute to advocacy efforts in the Doha preparatory process through articulating linkages between the FFD agenda and human rights.

Click here for a program of the workshop.

Click here to read a background note.

Click here for the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights news report on the workshop. 

Click here for the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights Letter communicating results of the workshop to the UN Financing for Development Office

Click here for the Drafting Proposals for the Doha FFD Review submitted by expert participants as a result of the workshop.

Click here for cover note accompanying drafting recommendations.   

Click here for the FFD Conference official website.